Kentucky Derby Roundup: Apr. 20, 2020

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April 20th, 2020

Stay up to speed on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with a weekly roundup of all the latest news and developments:

Changes on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard

The Road to the Kentucky Derby has been quiet for three weeks and counting, so the leaderboard remains unchanged.

On the Kentucky Derby Work Tab

American Theorem: Fired off another fast workout on Friday at Santa Anita, charging through 5 furlongs in a bullet :58.60.

Anneau d’Or: The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) runner-up shortened up significantly for his most recent workout. One week after clocking a mile in 1:40.60, Anneau d’Or worked 3 furlongs from the Golden Gate fields starting gate in :36.80 on Saturday.

Attachment Rate: Gotham (G3) third-place finisher posted a 5-furlong work on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, going the distance in 1:02.33 one week ahead of an expected start in the Unbridled S.

Azul Coast: The El Camino Real Derby winner sped 5 furlongs in a bullet 1:00.00 on Friday at Santa Anita. He’s nominated to the Arkansas Derby (G1), though it’s unclear yet whether he’ll join stablemates Charlatan and Nadal at Oaklawn Park.

Basin: Over a muddy track at Oaklawn on Monday, the Rebel (G2) third-place finisher worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.80.

By Your Side: Sanford (G3) winner turned in his second workout of the year on Tuesday, clocking 3 furlongs in an easy :38.45 at Palm Meadows.

Candy Tycoon: Fountain of Youth (G2) runner-up breezed a half-mile in :49.64 on Friday at Palm Beach Downs.

Charlatan: Worked a stiff 6 furlongs on Wednesday at Santa Anita, going the distance in a bullet 1:12.20.

Eight Rings: Aiming for a return to action in Saturday’s Bachelor S. at Oaklawn Park, Eight Rings traveled to Arkansas and blazed 5 furlongs in a bullet :59.00 on Friday.

Express Train: Fourth in the American Pharoah (G1) last fall, Express Train turned in his first workout of the year on Monday, clocking three furlongs in :39.20 at Santa Anita.

Finnick the Fierce: Recent Oaklawn allowance winner clocked 4 furlongs in :49.00 on Friday at The Thoroughbred Center.

Field Pass: On Monday at Turfway Park, the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) winner worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.20.

Gouverneur Morris: Aiming for the Arkansas Derby, Gouverneur Morris breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01.21 on Saturday at Palm Beach Downs.

Green Light Go: Cruised through 5 furlongs in 1:01.80 at Palm Meadows on Wednesday.

Honor A. P.: San Felipe (G2) runner-up clocked an easy half-mile in :50.20 on Thursday at Santa Anita.

King Guillermo: Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner fired off 6 furlongs in 1:13.71 on Wednesday at Gulfstream Park, likely his penultimate move before contesting the Arkansas Derby.

Maxfield: Continued along the comeback trail by clocking 4 furlongs in :48.40 on Friday at Keeneland.

Mystic Guide: Eye-catching Fair Grounds maiden winner turned in a bullet workout on Saturday at Fair Hill, breezing 5 furlongs in 1:00.20.

Nadal: Aiming for a start in the Arkansas Derby, the Rebel winner blazed 5 furlongs in a bullet :59.80 on Wednesday at Santa Anita. He turned in another fast workout on Monday, going 6 furlongs in 1:11.80.

Shoplifted: Joined stablemate Basin on the Monday work tab at Oaklawn, breezing 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 over a muddy track.

Silver Prospector: With an eye toward competing in the Arkansas Derby, Silver Prospector flew through 5 furlongs in a bullet :59.00 on Saturday at Oaklawn.

Storm the Court: The reigning champion 2-year-old worked a sharp 5 furlongs on Wednesday at Santa Anita, getting the distance in 1:00.60. He followed up with 6 furlongs in 1:13.60 on Monday with an eye toward competing in the Arkansas Derby.

Tiz the Law: Florida Derby (G1) winner clocked 5 furlongs in 1:00.65 on Saturday at Palm Meadows.

Untitled: The Gotham runner-up is entered in a mile allowance/optional claiming race on Thursday at Gulfstream. With this target in mind, Untitled breezed an easy half-mile in :50.30 on Thursday at Palm Meadows.

Wells Bayou: On Sunday at Oaklawn, the Louisiana Derby (G2) winner worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.40, likely his penultimate move before the Arkansas Derby.

Looking Ahead to the Kentucky Derby

A massive total of 99 horses has been nominated to the May 2 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park, which will offer Kentucky Derby qualification points to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 basis. So many horses are under consideration for the 1 1/8-mile race that it might be run in two divisions, so stay tuned for further developments.